Institute for Leadership Development

The Institute for Leadership Development (ILD) invites leaders to invest in their careers and realize their leadership potential. We are a partnership between ACS and the City University of New York’s Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.



To establish one workforce of visionary and empathetic leaders who can navigate challenges, inspire their teams, ignite positive change within New York City’s child welfare and juvenile justice sectors, and support children, families and communities to flourish.



To support leaders working within public and private child welfare and juvenile justice agencies in New York City to foster psychologically safe work environments that embrace equity, transparency and innovation while supporting the workforce.


Leadership Competency Framework

The Institute for Leadership Development is rooted in a leadership competency framework — developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute — that defines the standards of performance excellence to guide child welfare and youth justice leaders as they advance effective practice. Through this framework, we set clear expectations about the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for different leadership roles, and offer leadership development opportunities based on the same principles. Learn more about the
framework here.




  • Enhanced Leadership Skills
  • Confidence Building
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Career Advancement
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Stronger Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Improved Strategic Thinking and Better Decision-Making
  • Increased Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
  • Continuing Education Credits


  • Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce
  • Improved Job Performance
  • Enhanced Productivity
  • Increased Employee Engagement
  • Positive Organizational Culture
  • Talent Retention
  • Succession Planning
  • Organizational Resilience


The Institute for Leadership Development currently offers three programs to leaders at various levels. All programs include robust competency-based assessment and evaluation instruments to ensure feedback from participants is captured and integrated on a regular basis and to assess the impact of our programs: